Chrysolina grossa

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Chrysolina grossa
Chrysomelidae - Chrysolina grossa.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Superfamily: Chrysomeloidea
Family: Chrysomelidae
Subfamily: Chrysomelinae
Genus: Chrysolina
Species: C. grossa
Binomial name
Chrysolina grossa
(Fabricius, 1792)

Chrysolina grossa, the red leaf beetle, is a species of broad-shouldered leaf beetles belonging to the family Chrysomelidae, subfamily Chrysomelinae.


Species within this genus include:[1]

  • Chrysolina grossa chloromaura (Olivier, 1807)
  • Chrysolina grossa grossa (Fabricius, 1792)
  • Chrysolina grossa tingitana (Escalera, 1914)


C. grossa – Mating pair

This species is mainly found in France, Italy, Spain and former Yugoslavia.[2]


Chrysolina grossa can reach a length of about 10 millimetres (0.39 in). Head and pronotum show metallic blue-green colours, while elytra are bright red. It can be distinguished from Chrysomela populi for its longer antennae and wider pronotum.


It feeds on wild plants of the Lamiaceae species.


  • Daccordi, M., 1982 - Chrysomelinae in:Seeno, T.N. & Wilcox, J.A., Leaf beetle genera (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) - Entomography Publications, Sacramento

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